Village under water for decades emerging from an Italian lake

One woman from the area tweeted that it was a “strange feeling” to be walking on the rubble of former houses. 
First published on May 18, 2021 / 9:55 AM A village under water for decades is now emerging from an Italian lake

By Caitlin O’Kane

May 18, 2021 / 9:55 AM
/ CBS News

A village submerged beneath an Italian lake for decades, like a real-life Atlantis, is now peeking above the water’s surface, BBC News reports. 

What is now a lake bed used to be the village of Curon, once home to hundreds of people. And as the water levels decrease, the 160-home village is emerging. 

Usually a 14-century church steeple sticks out of the water, but as the water drains, some people have seen newly exposed steps, cellars and walls, BBC News reports. 
Curon come non si era mai vista!Per motivi di manutenzione, hanno semi prosciugato il lago di Resia e sono riaffiorati i resti dell’antico paese ci Curon!❤️Una strana sensazione camminare sulle macerie delle case…#curon #lagodiresia #reschensee #altoadige #südtirol— Louise DM 🇮🇹 🌋 (@AvventuraL) May 16, 2021

Many residents objected to the dam’s creation. Curon’s population was displaced and many moved to another village that was created nearby. The sunken village has inspired an Italian Netflix series, “Curon,” as well as a book, according to BBC News. Curon was flooded in 1950 to create a hydroelectric plant. A dam was built to merge two lakes, and the village has been covered by the Lake Resia ever since, according to BBC News.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Matteo Cau (@the_rex89)
The lake, which sits near Italy’s border with Austria and Switzerland, is now being temporarily drained to repair a reservoir. Trending News

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The area is a popular destination for hikers, who flooded social media with eerie photos of the village emerging.